Tuesday, November 23, 2010

  • Patrimonial pics: St Athanasius AU RC, Boston.
  • Ordinariate news: The votes are in: St. John’s, Calgary — overwhelmingly, YES! St. Barnabas, Omaha — overwhelmingly, YES!
  • Damian Thompson is more or less right about the Pope and condoms. It’s a sin but if you choose that, then better not to spread deadly disease; that’s a step in the right direction. His extraordinary comments reflect his charity and common sense. The plain, common-sense reading of them is that he regards the use of a condom as a lesser evil than the transmission of the virus. Wise, humane, carefully balanced – and another reminder of the 83-year-old pontiff’s ability to surprise the world by refusing to conform to the stereotype of “hardline conservative”. Hardline conservatism when talking about the Catholic faith may not be what you think.
  • Why the ordinariate didn’t happen 15 years ago. What Thompson calls the magic circle: Brit AmChurch including among JPII’s bishops.

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